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Debuchy – Newcastle Just Can’t Match Arsenal

Newcastle are to undergo some major improvements in their training grounds at Benton over the next two years, and we’ve always said that would mean Newcastle would have some great facilities and maybe some of the best in Europe when the renovations are completed.

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Mathieu Debuchy after signing on at Arsenal

But we shouldn’t kid ourselves either, and Mathieu Debuchy has talked about how much better things are at Arsenal compared to either of his two previous clubs – Lille or Newcastle – well at least as far as the training grounds are concerned.

Mathieu signed on at Arsenal for a fee that should rise to £12M, and the 29 year-old had this to say about the Gunners:

“It was the right time for me to make this big step forward and this big move.”  “I have learnt a lot in the last two years from playing at Euro 2012 and the World Cup this summer, by discovering the Premier League as well.”

“I am much more experienced. This was the perfect move for me to continue to improve and to win trophies too.”  “When my agents told me Arsenal were interested, I said yes straight away! There was no question, no debate, no doubt, nothing!”

“You don’t turn down a club like Arsenal. A lot of players would like to be in my shoes right now.”  “This is another dimension. If you compare the training grounds for example, nothing at Lille or Newcastle can match the Arsenal one. It is another world.”

“Everything here is made to optimize your preparation and you as a player. So you can be in the best condition to play and win football games.”

Of course Mathieu’s best friend Yohan Cabaye also did somersaults last year at this time, when he heard that Arsenal, one of the best run clubs in football,  were after him, but Newcastle turned down Arsenal’s offer.

Yohan went on strike – and the central midfielder eventually joined PSG last January for around £20M.

Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal in 1996 and has had the north London side in the Champions League every single year since then – so they are really a world apart from Newcastle United, and of course they have won many trophies under their famous French manager.

Newcastle must always keep improving things – including the team and the facilities, and everything else at the club for that matter.

Arsenal are a good example of a club who are miles ahead of Newcastle in most things they do.

It’s what Newcastle should be aiming to emulate.

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25 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 14, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Good news, the club has spent 1.8mil on the brightest flood lights in the country.

  • TheToonKing

    Aug 14, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #2

    well…..F3ck you too Debuchy !


    Aug 14, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #3

    mayb spend 10 mil to get a water park on the roof would b good an eye catchn

  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Aug 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #4

    They just view us as the stepping stone. I wish them well then.

  • Our Toon

    Aug 14, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Yedlin signs for Spurs….twats

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Aug 14, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Don’t blame the lad, Arsenal is a club that wants to achieve and win trophies.

    All we do season after season is want to sell before we buy.

    The money is there to challenge the top six so why arn’t we?

  • Rainrix

    Aug 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Can you really blame any player for wanting to leave nufc in its current state? Not challenging for anything, doesn’t particularly want to be in europe. We are a stepping stone at the moment as sad as that is.

  • firebug666

    Aug 14, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m not to bothered about Debuchy leaving or what he has to say either.

    He was a good player for us at times, a bit rash now and again and likely to draw a red card at any point in a game.

    When players leave Newcastle for greener pasturer’s the tend to fade into obscurity after a short while.

    I think Debuchy will get his inevitable suspensions this season because of his rash challengers. I ain’t gonna miss him to much at Newcastle.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #9

    It does seem so that this club don’t really improve what really needs to be improved.

    …talk about perspective!

    tads…you might have a point in saying the for the right kind of Prem player you don’t overpay – you will get your money back and then some!

    …the easiest money Hull has ever made, but in the bigger picture they are still overprized (looking at the bigger picture here)

    In terms of Brits / UK players I think there is more than one reason (talent) why not so many play outside the UK – wouldn’t you say?

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 14, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #10

    does it really matter how much a player is signed for ?

    his value depends on so many things nowadays.

    how long he has left on his contract

    is the club in trouble


    chairmen setting un realistic values

    what experience he has in various competitions

    which country he comes from.

    how much the new club really wants him, (liverpool paid 35 milliion for a 5 million pound player)

    the most important thing for me is the manager, he has to get the best out of any new player, the manager gets the value out of the player. paying 10 million for a striker and watching him score a goal a game just about made him look bargin, but then playing him as a winger with no assists or goals for half a season made him look very expensive waste of money
    then put him back up front with no service is also a waste.

    its just a shame all our signings will go the same way as Cisse, turn out flops under pardew, as it wont be long until they get sucked into his way of playing

  • Markaccus

    Aug 14, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #11

    Debuchey was a good player for us. I have no doubt he will br a good player for Arsenal. Arsenal ptobably have got better training facilities that a lot of clubs. They are one of the biggest clubs in the world. Debs isnt having a go at us, he is just being nice and honest about his new club, and i don’t blame him. NUFC have so much catching up to do regarding our set up, we all know that. Janmaat looks a cracking replacement. We have 18 months to identify HIS replacement.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 14, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Rainrix…and we seem to be telling the players we buy that we will challenge the top 4 and then when we have finished recruiting the coach changes his statement and says we need a minimum of 48 points.

    …no wonder players whats to leave as quickly as possible – the irony is when the club does everything (with any means possible) to flock a player and he doesn’t want to leave 😀 lol

    *This club does put a smirk on my face, sadly just not for the right reasons!

  • Our Toon

    Aug 14, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #13

    He’s made the right move no doubt about it, imagine the lies that are peddled to players to get them here and when they turn up they find out we have no ambition at all and only want premiership mediocrity. SDJ, Cabella etc have come out and talked about CL as did the manager….on the eve of the season when all signings are complete and the tickets are sold to the masses who keep falling for the same tricks the silver tongued liar manages expectations by aiming for 1 point less than last year.

  • WestOzMag

    Aug 14, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #14

    Don’t blame Debuchy but he doesn’t need to be a prick about it

  • bladeuser

    Aug 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #15

    Debuchy may be right but why open his big mouth and spout off about the apparant differences between the two clubs i hope arsenal win f### all


    Aug 14, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #16

    I can,t say i blame Debuchy for leaving us !

    It does confirm what we all know though and that is we are seen as a major stepping stone for players to go to other clubs !

    Our policy seems to be, buy them cheap and sell two year later for three or four times what you paid for the player !

    Debuchy was a good player for us but we are never going to get anywhere when all our owner is interested in is increasing his bank balance at our expense !

    Good luck with the Gooners Debuchy !

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 14, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #17

    Liked Debuchy but his biggest problem is his rash tackling – tends to get caught out and dives in in last minute tackles. I’ll give him up to ten games before he gets sent off.
    In what I have seen of Janmaat we have a better full back.

    As for Arsenal and their set up – they have always been years ahead of us.
    Remember Keegans era less than twenty years ago when we were training at Maiden Park and Benwell Sports Ground. I think we have come along way since then but still need to improve our facilities.

  • WLtoon

    Aug 14, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #18

    Debuchy is just stating the obvious about Arsenal, problem is now, the rest of the premier lge are more ambitous than we are, there,s food for thought.
    When clubs like Swansea and Southampton beat you to so called targets,then its time to realise that we are in the prem just to make up the numbers. So sad, and frustrating.

  • Alan Shearer the legend

    Aug 14, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #19


  • switch365

    Aug 14, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #20

    I don’t think many can argue that leaving us, under our current ownership and transfer policy, to go to annual champions league contestant wasn’t a hard decision for Debuchy.
    And to ‘big up’ your new club is something which seems to be expected of new signings.

    But to publicly dis our beloved club is a bad call imo, Debuchy has gone down greatly in my estimations.

    To finish 4th this season and relegate the gooners to Uefa cup action action rather than Champions League would be so much sweeter after Debuchy’s comments.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 14, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #21

    I thought the Benton training ground was meant to be ok but maybe not up to say Barcelona standard, but money has a lot to do with this and Arsenal and City are awash with overseas aid. Maybe we missed an opportunity to have negotiated a deal that allowed the building of a super sports and training club complex out at Kingston Park / Bullocksteads in partnership with say the Falcons to create a state of the art sports campus . Wasn’t that the original idea of SJH to create a Sporting Club of Newcastle ? Would that not then allow the Universities to move some facilities to Benton which would be more suitable and more accessible for the colleges and students in and around the town.

  • Sav

    Aug 14, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #22

    His saying ‘Yes’ has nowt to do with the state of the astro-turf at Benton and everything to do with trophies and cash.

  • tweaked

    Aug 14, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #23

    he was getting old in the tooth anyways.. gonna be 30 soon so we scored by selling him for double what we paid… from the video footage i’ve seen janmaat looks a better defender with his passing and reading the game

  • SUFC_rule

    Aug 14, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Just can’t match Sunderland either

  • Marty-Toon

    Aug 14, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Congrats Debuchy,
    Great move for any player.
    Already has himself a medal.
    He could’ve stayed for 5yrs here and got to 6th place once and 5th round of a cup if lucky.
    Why all the bitterness?
    We had a decent player and sold him for a decent price.
    Had you been offered a similar job with not only better wages but with opportunity to climb the ladder,you’d also take it.
    Shearer came to his beloved Newcastle but he didn’t do it for rubbish wages,love of the club or not he got the best wages available at the club


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